2013 Personal Development Days Program

The future is rapidly approaching, and we must be ready for it. Are you? The Career Center is here to help.

The Center's Career Days program kicked off in November with Sector Introduction Meetings, which ran for four weeks. Almost 2,000 students attended.

Now, it's time for the second part of Career Days.

February 11 to March 2 will be devoted to the 9th Annual Personal Development Program. This program is targeted at giving students practical knowledge about the professional fields in which they plan to work and informing them about how they can improve their skills. The point is to help students stand out from the mass of university graduates and give them a better chance at getting a good job and having a bright future.

Personal Development Days 2013 will host Bilkent alumni working at the top levels of their professions and will consist of a series of lectures given by well-known and highly successful representatives of a wide variety of sectors, including Ahmet Şerif İzgören, Tolga Çandar, Levent Ülgen, Mehmet Kocabaş, Dr. Merih Tangün, Serdar Lale, Vedat Erol and many others. Students in all years and departments can attend. The speakers are well-acquainted with the market and will be able to give real-life hints and practical information about your future career choices.

The lecturers will cover topics including creative thinking, leadership, interview skills, presentation techniques, persuasive skills, change management and coaching, and relationship management, as well as ways of identifying your strengths and improving in areas where you might be weak. There will also be a panel discussion with Bilkent alumni, who will talk about their experiences and give advice. All of the lectures will be in Turkish.

Every year, around 4,000 students attend the Personal Development Program lectures. So, don't miss your chance!

How? It's easy: the lectures require no prior registration unless you are taking GE250. The schedule can be obtained from the Career Center in the Student Union Office or online at www.kariyer.bilkent.edu.tr. There will also be an outdoor activity, orienteering, which requires registration. You can register by calling ext. 2624 or 2486.

As an extra stimulus, all of the program activities are assigned points. When you attend, you collect these points and can become eligible to receive the awards given at the end of the program, including certificates, a free trip to the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum and free passes to the play "Diary of a Madman."

All of the seminars are credited for GE250.

Visit https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/ge250/login for details.